The Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT) has changed as of fall 2017. Here's a look at the old and current format. 

 Old SHSAT FormatNew SHSAT Format
Sections
  • Verbal
  • Math
  • English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Math
Length 150 minutes (Students spend time between the two sections as they see fit) 180 minutes (Students spend time between the two sections as they see fit)
Reading & Writing

45 questions total

  • 5 scrambled paragraphs
  • 10 logical reasoning questions
  • 5 reading comprehension passages

57 questions total

  • 9–11 revising/editing questions (split between standalone questions and a series of questions based on a single passage)
  • 6 reading comprehension passages with 6–10 questions each (3–4 of these will be information, 1–2 will be literary, and 1 will be a poem)
Math

50 questions total

  • A mix of word and computational problems

57 questions total

  • 5 grid-in questions
  • 52 multiple-choice word problems and computational questions
Number of Multiple Choice Options 5 answer choices per question 4 answer choices per question
Scoring

1 raw point given per correct answer

1 raw point given per correct answer*

*Only 47 questions in each section are scored, with the other 10 serving as experimental questions. You will not be able to distinguish between these.

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What's on the current SHSAT?

The new SHSAT has two sections: English Language Arts & Mathematics.

ELA Topics

English Language Arts has two parts: Revising/Editing and Reading Comprehension.

  • Revising/Editing tests your ability to recognize and correct language errors and to improve the overall quality of a piece of writing.  
  • Reading Comprehension has 6 reading passages and tests your ability to understand, analyze, and interpret what you have read.

SHSAT Math Topics

The SHSAT Math section features word and computational problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Some problems will involve working with fractions, decimals, and statistics.

How Can I Prepare?

The SHSAT is a timed, pencil-and-paper test. Practice makes perfect. Our Research and Development team are SHSAT experts. They have created comprehensive content for our SHSAT courses and online resources to help students navigate the 2017 changes and prepare for their SHSAT test date